UK leading family owned-and-run multi-channel shoe retailer Pavers’ charitable trust, Pavers Foundation, has donated £5,000 to The Fawcett Society on behalf of Jason Paver, MD of Pavers. The Pavers Foundation was established to share Pavers success through charitable giving to causes close to the hearts of its 1,500 strong staff.
Speaking about the donation, Jason Paver said; “Our business was founded by a woman, over 80% of our team are women, and we primarily sell women’s shoes – we therefore feel compelled as an organisation to do more to support women’s rights and women’s equality and supporting The Fawcett Society’s closely aligned goals is one such way we plan on doing this. This goal was further emphasised by the tragic events surrounding Sarah Everard’s murder. Changing mindsets and educating people, as The Fawcett Society aims to do, will be key to helping to prevent such senseless loss of life in future”
The Fawcett Society is the UK’s leading membership charity campaigning for gender equality and women’s rights at work, at home and in public life. Their vision is a society in which women and girls in all their diversity are equal and truly free to fulfil their potential creating a stronger, happier, better future for us all.
The Fawcett Society have been advancing women’s equality since 1866 when at just 19, Millicent Fawcett collected signatures on a petition for women’s votes. She went on to lead the constitutional suffrage campaign and made this cause her lifetime’s work, securing equal voting rights 62 years later.
Today they continue her legacy of fighting sexism and gender inequality through hard-hitting research. Their national campaigns shape the debate and drive change.
Interim CEO, Felicia Willow, The Fawcett Society explained; “We are so incredibly grateful for Jason’s extremely generous donation. Now, more than ever, we have to work hard to ensure that we do not move backwards on equality. This vital financial support will help us continue our research and campaigning to secure equal rights, equal pay, and equal power for women and girls in the UK.”
The Pavers Foundation is dedicated to making a meaningful impact on the communities around them. Each year the family business gives 2% of net profit, alongside the total profits from the sale of carrier bags in stores, plus returns from the endowment to ensure the Pavers Foundation can continue to make effective and positive changes in local communities and beyond. To date the Foundation has donated over £930,000 to good causes and is looking forward to reaching its £1m milestone. These causes tend to be associated with the core three pillars of their philanthropic strategy relating to health, education and the community.